Ali Zain Ul AbidinPakistan (Host: Partnership with Children)
Ali Zain Ul Abidin has more than 5 years of diverse experience in human resources, talent management, and capacity development of youth in for-profit and non-profit sectors. Ali earned his Master’s in Management Sciences from Baluchistan University of IT, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), a leading public sector university, in Quetta, Pakistan. Ali has worked with BUITEMS, closely engaging with local, national, and international stakeholders for promoting employability. In this capacity, Ali has developed a talent pool of graduates from a diverse range of academic disciplines, assessed their profiles, and referred outstanding and qualified profiles to employers for jobs, training, and internships. Ali is also proficient in mentoring students for personal and professional career development. As Talent Coordinator Fellow at Partnership with Chldren, Ali assists the Chief Equity Officer and Talent and Equity Manager in managing talent acquisition goals, overseeing the PWC school intern program, and involves himself in overall performance management. He has also worked as HR Executive with a multinational logistics corporation (TCS Holdings), leading the Baluchistan Region, and Ali extended his expertise in talent acquisition and HR operations. Through these experiences, Ali has gained a firm grip on youth capacity building, peer education, HR operations, and management. He is avidly interested in broadening his perspectives on HR international practices, leadership, capacity development, talent acquisition, job training, and civic engagement.
Host Organization: Partnership with Children
Role at Host Organization: As the Talent Coordinator Fellow at Partnership with Children, Ali will assist the Chief Equity Officer and Talent and Equity Manager in managing talent acquisition goals, overseeing the PWC school intern program, and the overall performance management. The Fellow’s responsibilities include developing and implementing a strategic recruitment plan; facilitatig the hiring process for all program and administrative roles; and ccordinating and managing intakes for all new opportunities. The Fellow will also prepare and support managers to facilitate performance management process, including an annual review and goal setting; and support managers in addressing performance issues in conjunction with the Director of Human Resources.
Zunaira AliPakistan (Host: Making Cents International)
Zunaira Ali is a content and communications expert with over five years of diverse experience in Pakistan’s development and public sector. Over the past four years, Zunaira has focused her expertise on social causes including education, gender empowerment, youth development, climate change and development in the startup ecosystem. Zunaira works with startup founders, mentors, investors and industry experts to take the startup ecosystem to the next stage and to continue making a social and economic impact across the Globe and especially, in Pakistan. Her current role is Youth Engagement Fellow, YouthPower2: Learning & Evaluation (YP2LE), with Making Cents International. In this capacity, Zunaira’s responsibilities include providing support to activities for YouthLead.org, a website supported by YP2LE that is designed to inspire, support, and foster connections among young changemakers around the world. Additionally, as a Youth Engagement Fellow at Making Cents, Zunaira conducts outreach and polling of youth networks to identify in-demand topics, content, and resources for the platform and its related learning events. As an Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute scholar, she joined hands with NGOs to train women in using the Internet through a “Digital Literacy Program” and trained over 200 women from mainly rural backgrounds. Through these experiences and more, Zunaira has developed strong community engagement and digital marketing skills. With a strong passion for digital empowerment, talent and gender development, she continues to strive towards helping people upscale and become a better version of themselves.
Host Organization: Making Cents International
Role at Host Organization: As the Youth Engagement Fellow, Zunaira will support multiple youth engagement activities for YouthPower2: Learning & Evaluation (YP2LE). The Fellow’s responsibilities include providing support to activities for YouthLead.org, a website supported by YP2LE that is designed to inspire, support, and foster connections among young changemakers around the world. In addition, the Fellow will work on outreach and polling of youth networks to identify in-demand topics, content, and resources for the platform and its related learning events. The Fellow will also work in close coordination with key youth networks including our YouthLead Ambassadors and our YP2LE Youth Advisory Group (YAG) to support outreach and peer-to-peer outreach on what issues, skills and resources are in-demand among young people.
Namrata SehgalIndia (AIF Banyan Impact Fellow, Host: Collaborating for Resilience (CoRe))
Namrata Sehgal is a self-employed architect and communication designer with nine years of experience, including four years in the nonprofit sector as a digital media marketing and design professional. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, and a Master’s degree in information arts and design from Srishti Manipal Institute in Bangalore. Namrata has worked with nonprofits to promote education and environmental conservation, primarily in underserved areas, applying design thinking tools and strategizing effective digital media campaigns. Her identity design and fundraising campaigns enabled a nonprofit focusing on environmental conservation through afforestation to achieve 20% above its fundraising goal. Namrata spearheaded the design of an ecosystem in Northern India by planting native species utilizing the essential components of environmentally responsible behavior and simultaneously inculcating community participation among the locals. As Communications Fellow at Collaborating for Resilience (CoRe), Namrata manages communications and outreach across program areas and supports development of curriculum materials and programs that build capacity of civil society partners to drive governance innovations. Namrata’s role also encompasses identification of insights and distinctive voices from comparative analysis of outcomes across partnership working sites working towards systemic change, building out the organization’s visibility and partnership networks, and communication of lessons for policy and practice. Additionally, Namrata is the Head of Decor at F of X and Fuel Human Festival. She has acquired digital media marketing skills and event planning expertise through these experiences. Namrata strongly believes in environmental conservation and youth empowerment.
Host Organization: Collaborating for Resilience (CoRe)
Role at Host Organization: As the Communications Fellow at Collaborating for Resilience, Namrata will gain experience in principles of multi-stakeholder dialogue to promote citizen engagement in policy reform and implementation and will apply these principles through one or more international partnerships. The Fellow will manage communications and outreach across one or more program areas, and support development of curriculum materials and programs that build the capacity of civil society partners to drive governance innovations. The Fellow will identify insights and distinctive voices from comparative analysis of outcomes across different partnership sites working towards systems change, build out the organization’s visibility and partnership networks, and communicate lessons for policy and practice.
Manushi SharmaIndia (AIF Banyan Impact Fellow, Host: Collaborating for Resilience (CoRe))
Manushi Sharma is a global health professional with over seven years of experience in program management and implementation. Through her engagements with – The George Institute for Global Health, The Royal Thai Ministry of Public Health, and The Public Health Foundation of India, she has developed a deep insight into the context and complexities of addressing health system gaps in countries of the global south. Manushi has hands-on experience in supporting and providing strategic leadership for planning, developing, and implementing public health research projects in the developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. Notably, she has published in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored a book on the economics of non-communicable disease prevention. She has organized and delivered several capacity-building sessions and policy dialogues and presented her work at international conferences. She has liaised and managed partnerships with various stakeholders, including United Nations agencies, the Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, governments, and civil society organizations. Manushi is passionate about social entrepreneurship, participatory approaches in social research, and evidence-based policy.
Host Organization: Collaborating for Resilience (CoRe)
Role at Host Organization: As the Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Fellow at Collaborating for Resilience, Manushi will gain experience in principles of multi-stakeholder dialogue to promote citizen engagement in policy reform and implementation and will apply these principles through one or more international partnerships. Manushi will manage partner collaborations and undertake action research in one or more program areas, and lead analyses focused on outcome monitoring, learning and evaluation. The Fellow will also help support action research and learning systems that build the capacity of civil society partners to drive governance innovations, distil insights from comparative analysis of outcomes across different partnership sites working towards systems change, and communicate lessons for policy and practice.
Joan WuyaNigeria (Org: International Rescue Committee)
Joan Wuya holds a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the University of Jos in Nigeria and a Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She is an experienced human resources professional who has dedicated most of her life after graduating from the university to working in the nonprofit sector. She is an expert in human resources and culture and has a strong understanding of labor laws, compliance issues and benefit plans. She successfully implements process improvement and staff development initiatives to drive achievement of organizational goals. She is an empathetic coach and mentor, helping her team and organization achieve set goals and strategic action plans through staff development parameters. Her current role as HR & Admin Coordinator is to support the growth and infrastructure that will enable IRC Nigeria’s country program to manage its strategic action plan. She also provides technical support and capacity building to the HR team in the field offices in Northeast Nigeria. Joan Wuya’s primary motivation is to build a highly effective, strategic HR function that ensures IRC Nigeria’s country program has the structure, culture, and talent needed to effectively deliver HR services, so that the teams she works with are adequately equipped to support the displaced and vulnerable communities and individuals in Nigeria.
Rick Jones JrUnited States (Org: Homeboy Industries)
Rick Jones was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. After graduating from high school, he began his journey in community service as a youth sports coach and as a volunteer in Juvenile Probation with at-risk teenagers from Southern California. These professional experiences led Rick to develop a passion for social justice that inspired him to pursue higher education at California State University Fullerton’s College of Health and Human Development. There, he combined his life experiences as an African American with his formal education in social work and mental health to earn his bachelor’s degree in human services. He uses his knowledge of systemic inequality and workforce development to provide employment opportunities through vocational training to underserved youth in the greater Los Angeles area as a Youth Career & Vocational Counselor for Homeboy Industries’ Youth Reentry Center.
Shibu VijayanIndia (Org: PATH)
Shibu Vijayan is a medical doctor specializing in public health serving as Global Tuberculosis Technical Director at PATH. With experience in developing, deploying, evaluating, and scaling health service delivery platforms in collaboration with governments and partners, he has played a critical role in building partnerships for scaling tuberculosis projects in India. His work focuses on the adoption of digital technologies to transform the patient experience as they move through treatment by introducing artificial intelligence tools and digital adherence tools. He has led flagship tuberculosis projects worldwide for PATH and co-authored international guidelines with the Stop TB Partnership to promote private sector, digital tools and new diagnostic tools. In addition, Shibu represented PATH on the WHO Core Group on Private Public Mix (PPM) and the Stop TB-led Working Group on New Diagnostics, and published articles in peer-reviewed journals on PPM, diabetes, and TB and health systems. Shibu worked at all levels of the health system, from a primary health center to secondary and tertiary teaching hospitals, in health care delivery and in management of the national TB program. As a survivor of tuberculosis and a physician, he now wants to streamline the delivery of health services that is resilient to pandemics and improve the quality of services.
Revelation NyirongoMalawi (Org: Partners in Health)
Revelation Nyirongo has more than four years of professional experience in nonprofit, nongovernmental and governmental organizations. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Malawi. While working as an mHealth & Data Warehousing Specialist, Revelation’s work in remote Neno district in Malawi, has helped improve data management collected by Community Health Workers using pioneer mobile health technology. His work has resulted in more people being screened and existing clients in HIV and NCD programs being effectively followed up and visits being properly managed. Prior to receiving the Global Health Corps Fellowship as a Medical Informatics Specialist working on Electronic Medical Records, Revelation worked at the High Commission of India in Lilongwe and as a lecturer at a local college. Revelation has participated in various volunteer projects and youth and leadership development positions. These experiences have solidified his grant and project management skills. He enjoys discussing topics related to youth leadership and development, personal and professional development, and has a strong passion for global health equity.
Masalu LuhulaTanzania (Org: Landesa)
Masalu Luhula is a Land Tenure Specialist at Landesa’s Tanzania office and an advocate of the Supreme Court of Tanzania. He is the former coordinator of the National Working Group on Land-Based Investment in Tanzania. He has eight years of experience working on land rights, responsible investment in real estate and land, and has published on land rights and investment. Masalu is also serves as a lead ambassador for Tanzania for the Lex: Lead Group.
Simon MwangiKenya (Org: Handicap International)
Simon Mwangi has more than five years of experience working on education, employment, disability, marginalization and inclusion. He is currently the Program Manager for the COVID -19 Recovery and Resilience Program, focusing on inclusive education and inclusive livelihoods. Previously, he served as Program Manager for the professional fellows’ program on inclusive development and as Project Assistant for the Inclusive Disability Employment Project at HI. He volunteered in inclusive education support in informal settlements in Kenya as a teacher support. Prior to joining HI, he was the chair of an organization he founded at Kenyatta University which advocated for the rights of people with disabilities and creates awareness in local communities. Through his strong leadership and interpersonal skills, he has built meaningful relationships with relevant stakeholders so that the projects and programs he has initiated and supported are successful and sustainable. He has awakened the spirit of volunteerism, innovation, advocacy, community service, and activism. His collective efforts in community service were recognized by the Kenyatta University student governing body and awarded Community Service Person of the Year. He recently participated in the Young Africa Leadership Initiative Fellowship in the Public Management track. He enjoys and aspires to focus on young people with disabilities. He believes it is important to put people at the center of development so that progress is equitable and broad-based and people can actively participate in social, economic, and political change.
Susan SilikaMalawi (Org: CAMFED)
Susan Silika is committed to supporting young women in Malawi to achieve economic independence and build their leadership potential. Susan joined CAMFED Malawi as a Finance Manager and later became the Head of Finance. After gaining a deep understanding of CAMFED’s programs, Susan transitioned to Operations and was promoted to Operations Director shortly before assuming her current role as a National Director in 2022. Susan oversees CAMFED’s holistic interventions that serve the education of the most marginalized girls and young women. She works closely with the Ministry of Education – including on academic catch-up programs in the wake of the COVID -19 pandemic – and with CAMFED’s Association of Women Leaders on its governance structures, supporting the network’s activities, and creating an ecosystem in which young women can thrive and become independent and influential. Susan holds a Chartered Management Accounting Qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the UK. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from at the University of Malawi, Polytechnic, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Eastern and Southern Africa Institute of Management (ESAMI).
Rêber JahwarIraq (Org: Women for Women International)
Rêber Jahwar grew up in Iraq, a country torn by conflict. But that did not stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a “computer geek” in the traditional sense of the word and enrolling in computer science studies at the University of Duhok. Currently, Rêber works at Women for Women International and manages one of the departments of the country office. He coordinates various activities within the organization, such as monitoring projects, developing accountability tools, and contributing to research aimed at finding marginalized women who could be included in future projects. Previously, he worked at a German NGO, Welthungerhilfe, where he started as a Senior Database Office before rising to become a MEAL expert, managing M&E activities of more than six projects in different areas of Iraq. He has also worked as a software engineer in a private IT company. Rêber discovered his passion for humanitarian work after his country experienced yet another crisis in 2014 when the so-called Islamic State took over large parts of northern Iraq. Rêber has worked as a Database Officer and Analyst, as well as a Monitoring & Evaluation Officer for NGO ACTED and PIN. Rêber strives to connect technology, humanitarian aid, and communities in need and provide leadership to his community. Driven by his passion, he motivates his colleagues with his professional commitment and innovative mindset.